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Wednesday, 25 August 1920

Mr BELL (Darwin) .- It has been said by honorable members opposite, by way of interjection, that they would agree to strike out both sub-clause b and sub-clause c. If there were an amendment in that direction I would support it, and I believe a majority could be found here in favour of doing away with all penalties. I can see no use for penalties in an Act of this kind, because it is only in rare instances they can be enforced, either in the case of the employers or employed, and I agree with what the honorable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr. Mathews) as to their lack of efficacy in the case of wealthy industrial companies. I cannot support an amendment directed to making penalties effective in the case of the employer, and not in the case of the employed.

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